We were taken there to drive the all-new Ceed hatchback up into the glorious High Tatra mountains, lodging in immense style at the Kempinski in Štrbské Pleso, then back down the next day. The short runway needed so much oomph that our jet had to refuel at Leipzig. We went up the hill in a Ceed with the new 114bhp 1.6 diesel. We came down with the new 138bhp 1.4 petrol engine. The climb recorded 54mpg. The descent averaged 52mpg. Over matching terrain the diesel would have gained in economy and reduced CO2. Official figures are 74.3mpg and 99g for the diesel and 48.7mpg and 132g for the petrol. A 118bhp one-litre petrol turbo engine rated at 52.3mpg and 122g is also offered. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is an option on the larger engines.Both engines were smooth and quiet – though the return route was undemanding of the petrol motor. The new body is lower and wider. The windows are shallower, the bonnet front is higher so in some ways the old Mk2 model was more … [Read more...] about Review: Kia Ceed, Sorento and Sportage
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4 France won the world cup, Google was founded, an intern called Monica Lewinski became famous all over the world and, oh yes – Ford launched the Focus. It's only 20 years ago, but it's hard to overemphasise the impact this cheeky little hatchback had on family motoring. I remember engineers on the launch in Deauville, France saying: "I didn't think we could do a car like this!". Ford had been run for years by accountants, who clung like shipwrecked sailors to the Ford family purse strings. Chief executive Jac Nasser, however, wasn’t family and while he had controversial long-term views about Ford's future, he absolutely understood the damage done by cars like the execrable Mk5 Escort. Ford's engineers were in near revolt about the cost-cutting on that car. “Never again,” was the battle cry and Nasser and mercurial engineer Richard Parry-Jones created a design and engineering hot-house that cultivated the Focus. To have worked on that team is like … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Focus review – still brilliant, but has it lost its sparkle?